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  1. Try telling everyone that you adhere to a Reformed view of Christianity. You'll notice it in a hurry.
  2. Unfortunately, because of your language, you'll probably get your wish to be banned. That's too bad, because I was really looking forward to talk to you and give you an opportunity to clarify your beliefs for us. By that standard, I'm not a Christian, either. I, too, have said ugly things in frustration and anger.
  3. I hate to be the one to break this to you, but the Catholic Church has already declared us to not be Christians.
  4. "Unidentified" means unidentified. So I'm not going to be so silly as to assume I know what they are. If there are little green men, it doesn't affect the Gospel one bit so it doesn't really bother me.
  5. To clarify, I'm not angry because you've disagreed with me. I face disagreement all the time. I live in a world where my religious views are routinely mocked and marginalized, where my politcal views are mocked and marginalized by the sam people who expect me to pay them money, where our decision to homeschool makes people question our parenting judgement, etc. If mere disagreements made me angry, I'd have surely died from a stroke from the high blood pressure by now. I'm not angry that we disagree. I'm offended that the Arminians here are expressing their disagreements in such a hostile, dishonest, and, frankly, obnoxious way. It's funny, but every couple of weeks, I'm called before a board of pastors, elders, and teachers with more than 200 years of ministry experience between them to give an account of everything I've taught or preached during that time. If anybody would have the right to look down their noses at me, it's them. And yet, none of them have greeted me by making accusations against my character, or by calling me a heretic or a troll. No, they're all very respectful and polite and, as a result, we find our discussions to be very edifying and enjoyable. Where you all would say, "You haven't told us what you believe about X or how you arrived at that conclusion, we're going to go ahead and label you a heretic", they would say something along the lines of "Mike, I noticed that on such and such a date, you said "________'. Tell me about that. How did you arrive at that? How do you believe that jibes with ________". Or maybe, "I'm a little concerned about something you said. Verse so and so says ______ and historically, the Church has interpreted that to mean ________. Have you considered that you might be wrong for this reason". Nary an ad hom, straw man, or name calling in the bunch. Maybe I just set my expectations a little high here. Maybe I just assumed that because we are brothers in Christ (and this is before I knew you considered us heretics, of course) that I could expect a little better from you guys. Now, of course, "Dr" James Ach and UkuleleMike will respond with their tu quoques, but it is what it is. You guys clearly don't think much of us and I clearly overestimated you. So there we are. So, no, I'm not angry that you disagree. I'm not really angry at all. More than anything, I think I'm hurt and disappointed that a bunch of Christians are behaving so much like the world.
  6. In all fairness, she agreed to the terms of the divorce. Whether the husband is taking advantage of the terms is beside the point. She agreed to them and she is legally and morally bound to follow them.
  7. So, basically, your response is more name calling.
  8. Oh, yeah. That sounds exactly like what we believe.
  9. Depends on the movie. There aren't a lot of good movies out today, but there are some. "Hugo" was a very good one.
  10. You can mock me all you like, but if you can't express your disagreement respectfully, then you have no argument. So far, all I've seen is ad homs and straw men and blatant dishonesty about what we believe.
  11. Don't bother. I had this crazy idea we could talk about this like brothers in Christ but you guys just want to make it personal. I'm not really into that. I'm going to go ahead and drop out of this thread so that I don't interfere with your hatred of us heathen Calvinists.
  12. In order for dialogue to work, both parties must be respectful of one another. Clearly, you're not willing to do that.
  13. You seem to be very hung up on the word "whosoever". The issue isn't who "whosoever" refers to, but whether or not "whosoever" calls by their own power or by God's power.
  14. As much as I disagree, I would still embrace you as a brother in Christ. Reading your posts, I don't have much confidence you would reciprocate.
  15. So, what sort of things should we do for our salvation?
  16. Rather than show him the errors of the Catholic Church, you need to stick with the Gospel and answer his objections to the Gospel as they come up. Criticizing the Catholic Church will only make him "circle the wagons" and make him unreceptive to anything you say.
  17. It's not free if you had to do something to earn it. By your own admission, you believe you merited your own salvation. A dead man cannot dial 911.
  18. So then, you do believe you did something to merit your salvation. Thanks for clarifying.
  19. You're right. I'm not humble. I'm pride filled and sinful. That's why I needed a Savior. But, prideful as I am, I can still appreciate the irony of you telling me that I'm "prideful" for believing that there is absolutely nothing I can do to merit salvation, while turning around and telling us how God saved you because you sought Him first.
  20. Are you saying that we don't believe that whosoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved?
  21. Funny, except for a few key words here and there, the OP sounds just like the Catholics who keep telling me how awful Protestantism is.
  22. Sorry you're having that problem. It isn't really an issue for me. Because I prefer to listen according to my own schedule, which is pretty erratic, I get all my preaching through podcasts and my music from itunes.
  23. Several years ago, when they came out with the cable boxes that allowed you to block channels and individual shows, we blocked the really bad stuff: MTV, SpikeTv, the usual suspects. One day, a friend suggested a show called Torchwood, since my son likes science fiction. It was the last straw. Gone are the days of Matt Dillon, Roy Rogers, and Joe Friday. This Torchwood guy was a time travelling homosexual who only seemed to exist to have sex with anything that moved. I've always taught our children to evaluate media choices by asking themselves a series of four questions: 1. Does it pass the Phillipians 4 test? Is it true? Is it honorable? Is it just? Is it pure? Is it lovely? Is it commendable? Is there any excellence? Is there anything worthy of praise? 2. Does it pass the Galatians 5 test? Does it exhibit, glorify, or incite the works of the flesh, which are sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, either in thought or in deed? Or does it exhibit, glorify, or encourage the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control? 3. Does it pass the 1 Corinthians 8 test? Even if it's something God grants us the liberty to enjoy or engage in, would our doing it cause a weaker brother or sister in Christ to sin or to stumble in their walk with Christ? 4. Is it an idol to you? If it's something that failed the three tests above, would you give it up? If so, then what would your attitude be about giving it up? Would you be glad to give it up, knowing it doesn't glorify God, isn't conducive to growth in Christ, and could cause a weaker brother or sister in Christ to sin or stumble in their walk with Christ? Or would you give it up grudgingly or not give it up at all? If so, then it's an idol. When my son, who was ten years old at the time, turned to me and said, "Dad, this fails the test", we knew that was the last straw for our family. We got rid of our TV. Now, about the only thing we watch is some shows on RFD and the owner of that station has actually done editorials stating that he doesn't care how much money he loses, he will not show anything that is not 100% family friendly and he will not accept any risque advertising (the raunchy "Go Daddy" commercials were big at that time, so I'm assuming that's the kind of thing he was referring to. )
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